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March 27, 2016


A nation cannot live in cultural vacuum (black circle): you either occupy your national space with your own culture (blue circle) or it will be filled in by a foreign culture (red circle), often that of your enemy

How much I would like to drill into the heads of my people that no nation lives in cultural vacuum: a nation is composed of human beings, and human beings are in need of a certain culture to live on. Culture is not just essential to mankind, but mankind cannot be imagined without some sort of culture even in its primitive stages. Culture is composed of the beliefs in regard to the world in general and the divine; what is right and what is wrong; the way to treat each other, marriage, family, women, and children; the world view that determines the type of friends and enemies and decides allegiances and enmities. These sets of values, beliefs, traditions, customs, etc., are encoded, and passed on from one generation to the next, in religion, laws, language, literature, music, etc.

Fill in your national life with your own culture, to determine how you behave and live and what sort of civilisation you build, or risk having a foreign culture occupying your national space and determining for that; and decide for you what kind of men and women you become.

You cannot have your own culture without having your own language, literature and music. Let in the language, literature and music of others, particularly those who are intent on destroying your unique identity, and you shall lose your cultural independence, and be assimilated to that foreign culture.

The Copts must have their own language, literature and music, or they will humiliatingly feed on the culture of others that make these others what they are. In clearer words: the Copts must replace the culture of the Arabs and Muslims that dominate their lives, by reason of them being ruled by a majority of Arabs and Muslims, by creating their own culture, not just in religious areas, but in every area in which culture is important. Have your own language, literature and music; and drive away the culture of the Arabs and Muslims.

I must add a note of explanation here: this writer does not call boycotting the study or knowledge of the culture of the Arabs or even enjoying some aspects of it; nor does he paint all Arab culture with tar. He, however, calls for creation of a special vibrant national culture for the Copts that can determine the way they live and treat the world and each other without influence from Arab and Muslim culture. Let Arabs have their culture; and let Copts have theirs. Let us try to understand each other’s culture; but let us stop trying to assimilate the other into one’s culture through dominance.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Emad permalink
    March 27, 2016 4:28 pm

    it is easy for you to say so since you live in the freedom of the west that didn’t come from nothing and will not be changed just like that
    the culture we live in is hatred
    hatred for different
    hatred to the westerns
    hatred for the other
    copts didn’t condemn Arab culture by their free will and they are not free also to get out of its copts were forced to not be different and they also feared the hatred culture towards any different so they had no choice

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      March 27, 2016 4:31 pm

      I don’t understand what you mean.

      • Emad permalink
        March 27, 2016 10:10 pm

        do yo belive that muslims would look at you in proud and say
        oh its so good that copts are making their own culture and reviving their own language so that we can’t understand them any more
        or they will distroy you before you even try
        muslims got deep hate to any different culture
        from the moment their ancestors came to egypt they cut off the tounges of the copts and forced copts to an arabic culture
        then copts them self got afraid that they could be a target of being a diffrent culture so they couldn’t find any clue even to dissolve in the Dominant culture or else they would subject not only their culture but also their soles to Certain death
        its not about whether we copt want to revive our culture but the most important to talk about it and discussed is
        how to do that
        and what is our real coptic culture
        because after 1400 years of arab invasion
        and after 1000 years of loss of coptic language and culture
        adding on all of that ignorance and lack of education and thinking minds
        the copts now and I am almost certain
        when say that
        they really don’t know
        who they are

      • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
        March 27, 2016 10:15 pm

        Coptic culture is different from Arab culture. That is a start. Work on it and you will find what is Coptic culture.

        But I am curious what you suggest? That we accept Arab and Muslim culture?

  2. Emad permalink
    March 27, 2016 10:34 pm

    i didn’t say we accept we were forced to an arabic culture
    “copts didn’t Embrace Arabic culture by their free will and they are not free also to get out of it”
    even muslims stole a bulk of our culture
    a huge part of what is now a muslim culture
    the roots of it is deep coptic

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      March 27, 2016 10:36 pm

      Ok. Then try to make Copts get out of it. If you try, you will be a Coptic nationalist.

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      March 28, 2016 8:22 pm

      Then resist this Arabisation and Islamisation process and join the Coptic nationalists to free the Copts of their effects.

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